Franklin Local Board has adopted a Māori Responsiveness Action Plan.
The plan, developed after detailed research, reinforces the board’s commitment to working with Māori and outlines ways to develop high-level relationships between the board and mana whenua.
“It also identifies the relevance of our annual work programme in responding to Māori aspirations,” board chair Angela Fulljames says.
“Adopting the plan acknowledges the valuable input of Māori to the research and reflects our desire to enhance relationships and respond to Māori aspirations.”
The initial work on the plan identified two areas to be addressed, a focus on mana whenua engagement and improving relationships with iwi groups, and understanding the priorities for grassroots Māori.
The aspirations of Māori in the area were broadly that respectful relationships be forged, that Māori culture and practices be celebrated, and that culturally-based business and educational opportunities were afforded to young people.